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Invented Here!

Apr 7, 2015

Sporty's Quality Stamp

Sporty’s test pilots search high and low for the best pilot supplies available, and when we can’t find a product that meets our stringent standards, we develop one that does. Sporty’s offers a huge selection of flight planning tools, instructional aids, chart accessories and more—the tools you use every day to plan flights, keep the cockpit organized and keep yourself ahead of the airplane. Many are tried-and-true classics that have proven to be effective cockpit resources for years, plus new products that we’ve developed, tested and approved for inclusion in Sporty’s Pilot Shop.

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By Michael Wolf

10 tips for using your camera for aviation

Jun 8, 2015

Camera Group

As pilots, we see some of the best views that the planet has to offer. From breath-taking sunrises and sunsets to mountain ranges and valley fog, there are many views worth capturing and sharing. But that’s only the half of it. First solos, passenger first flights and breakfast runs yield great footage too. Action cameras like the GoPro and Garmin VIRB are designed to record moments just like these; but you already knew that. Once you’ve bought a camera, what’s the best way to utilize all the features they have to offer? Here are my top 10 tips on what you should know so you never miss a moment of the action.

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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By J.C. Mayerle

Sporty's at Oshkosh: Visit our booth

Jun 10, 2015

Visit our booth

Sporty’s 1,600-square foot tent, just in front of Hangar B, is a must-visit for any pilot at Oshkosh. Inside you’ll find product experts, manufacturer’s representatives, flight instructors and fellow general aviation pilots all anxious to answer questions about the merchandise or just talk about airplanes. Visit our headset station to compare models side-by-side, or get your flight training questions answered.

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

Oshkosh checklist: 11 things you need for a fun AirVenture

Jun 26, 2015

EAA’s annual fly-in/trade show/family reunion - officially called EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - is the highlight of the year for many pilots. Over 10,000 airplanes and hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts descend on KOSH for a week of incredible airshows, new technology demonstrations and great hangar flying. Many pilots have been attending for decades. If you’ve never been to the big show, it should be on your list. While some pilots are intimidated by all the other airplanes and the special procedures, it’s really not that hard. But like most things in aviation, preparation pays off.

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

We asked our test pilots: Which headset do you wear the most?

Aug 27, 2015

Which headset do you wear the most?We are pilots and test every headset before adding it to our catalog. Every headset we sell has met our or exceeded our high standards.We are proud to offer a wide selection of headsets for every type of pilot. The choices can be over overwhelming, but Sporty's helps to cut through the confusion with buyer's guides, detailed specs, and thousands of customer reviews.

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Stratus Stories

Sep 8, 2015

How this ADS-B receiver is changing the way pilots fly

Stratus is the simple-to-use, pocket-sized, wireless receiver that transforms your iPad into the ultimate flight tool. Get subscription-free weather, GPS information, ADS-B traffic and backup attitude – all integrated with ForeFlight Mobile. The new Stratus 1S and 2S models offer additional features and even better performance, but with the same pilot-friendly design that has made Stratus the best-selling ADS-B receiver in aviation.

More than just another gadget, though, Stratus is helping pilots fly safer and more confidently on every flight. Here are some recent stories from everyday pilots.

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ADS-B Out Questions

Sep 29, 2015

What's the difference between 1090 and 978?

You probably know by now that most airplanes will have to be equipped with ADS-B Out by 2020 in order to meet the FAA mandate. Beyond that basic issue, though, there are still a lot of questions to consider. One of the first is 1090 vs. 978. That is, should you install an ADS-B Out transponder that works on the 1090 MHz frequency (sometimes called 1090ES) or the 978 MHz frequency (sometimes called a 978 UAT)?

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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs By John Zimmerman

What's going on with WAC charts?

Nov 13, 2015

There's been a lot of talk about WAC charts lately. Are they going away? When? Are there replacements? In this article, we explain what's really going on and how you can be ready for the change.

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Shopping for a drone - a pilot's perspective

Nov 23, 2015

I’m a modern pilot and I’m a technology enthusiast. Today’s wide availability of aviation gadgets and gear is right up my alley. I fully appreciate and utilize electronics when I’m flying not only because it makes my navigating easier but because I enjoy having the latest tech gear. Merging my love of flying and pursuit of technology has led me to unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones, the media’s favorite new buzzword. Drones are the perfect mix of cool technology and flying. I’m not able to go flying every day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be flying however possible. So what do I need to know before I get a drone?

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Lightspeed Tango Wireless Headset - First Impressions

Nov 27, 2015

Lightspeed recently launched Tango - the first wireless aviation headset from a major brand. Many pilots have been asking about such a headset for years, so we were excited to take it up for a test flight in a Cessna 182. That excitement turned out to be well-placed, and we can confidently recommend Tango for almost any pilot. Read on for our full report.Read More
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